We already brought you the Best Happy Hour in 17 Houston ‘Hoods, but since we really, truly like you guys, we’re not stopping there. Enter oyster happy hour, the kind of magic that only exists in lands perfectly primed for coastal cuisine. From cheap guys on the half shell to buttery, chargrilled numbers, here are 18 spots to get your Houston oyster happy hour on:
The deal: Get them fresh on the half shell with salsa bruja and lime or wood-roasted and absolutely dripping in chipotle butter for up to half off. $7/half dozen, $13/dozen. Vuelve a la Vida -- a half-dozen raw gulf oysters and a glass of their weekly oyster wine is $13.50. Or have a bottle of Mumm's Cordon Rouge Champagne and half-dozen of the wood-roasted oysters for $65 (seasonal). When: Sun-Fri, 3-7pm; Sat before 5pm
The deal: Hit the oyster room to get a spectacular lineup of HH oysters, including Sea Wings (Gulf of Mexico, TX), Point Aux Pins (Grand Bay, AL), and Standfish Shore (Duxbury, MA) for $1 to $3 each. When: Mon-Fri, 3-6pm
The deal: $6 half-dozen oysters on the half shell and $7 half-dozen delicious as hell chargrilled oysters (available in three flavors: Rockefeller, New Orleans BBQ, Singapore Black Pepper). When: Mon all day; Tues-Fri, 4-7pm
With multiple dining rooms – including a more casual one with an oyster shucking station -- this Midtown eatery dishes out seafood done the Southern way. Chef Mark Holley is covering all the bases with crudo, ceviche, raw oysters, caviar service, and a bourbon program, too. The interior is sleek and modern, with dark wooden accents and big windows. The drinks produced through Holley's cocktail program are not to be missed either.
2. Caracol 2200 Post Oak Blvd Ste 160, Houston, TX 77056 (Uptown)
This glassy, sleek eatery in Midtown serves up seafood-centered Mexican fare including starters like salsa-topped oysters and headlining shrimp tacos and pan seared daily catches. Frequent happy hours, only at the bar, get you plenty of liquored up treats with salted rims and leafy garnishes like the Cuba Moderna with rum aged over 12 years.
This Cajun eatery in Montrose is a neighborhood staple serving up Texas and New Orleans cuisine in a laid back atmosphere. Get your hands on Cajun classics like ettouffe and crawfish boils in addition to full loaded po-boys. All of the food is pretty gut-busting, so bring some friends to go in on shareable apps like loaded fries. BB's is open late, making it the perfect stop after a night out.
Atlanta restaurateur and Houston native chef Ford Fry has brought his culinary magic back home with this modern, globally and coastally inspired lodge. Former Ciao Bello chef Bobby Matos mans the open kitchen and the giant, wood-fired hearth, offering you not only great food but an entertaining and immersive experience. There's a great oyster program and an upscale, vintage feel to the space, with a marble bar and handsome wooden and leather furniture.
5. Julep 1919 Washington Ave Ste A, Houston, TX 77007
The bar has an old-school, punky Southern charm that we haven’t seen the likes of in Houston before (think big back porch and a copper-accented historic space). Come for masterfully crafted cocktails and cold seafood dishes from former Pass & Provisions Chef Adam Garcia.
Sam’s Boat locations have become the place to be for great food, outstanding service and excellence in sports entertainment. They are also known for great people watching, excellent live music and a fun place to meet new friends while hanging out on the outdoor decks.
With one of the coolest looking bars— think exposed brick walls with floor to ceiling geishas painted over it, this spot not only has great Asian fusion cuisine (get the pad thai) but has a really beautiful and cozy atmosphere with custom cocktails like the Champagne Firecracker.
Built into a tin railroad car that reveals a seating area set up railroad-style, Goode Company Seafood offers a dining experience that is fresh, seafood-based, and charmingly novel. The staff is knowledgable -- as they should be with all the original seafood concoctions served up here -- and while a dinner wait is a near-constant, the line moves just as fast as the guy slicing the moist, mesquite-smoked brisket in front of your eyes, so you can be in and out of there as fast as you can take down a three-meat plate with brisket, jalapeño sausage, pork ribs, baked beans, and potato salad.
Occupying the bottom floor of Montrose's Chelsea Market, Danton's Gulf Coast Seafood Kitchen is a timeless 200-seat seafood restaurant with both a dining room and a separate oyster bar. You won't find any fast-fleeing trends in the atmosphere or the food here, just a constant after-work dinner rush and a menu full of Southern favorites. Big groups can usually be found around a platter of fresh-shucked oysters, and temptation for grilled fish or steak rarely bows out.
This sultry, '20s era supper club doubles as a cabaret, featuring The Moonlight Dolls on Thurs-Sat, making sucking down Oysters Rockefeller, crispy stuffed pig trotter, and garlic butter lobster twice the fun. Add a couple of old-fashioned cocktails to reach nirvana.
After opening two successful restaurants in Mexico, sibling owners Maite and Diego set their sights on Houston. This aquatic-themed eatery and seafood market is serving up fresh, Mexican-inspired in Galleria. Peska also has an impressive raw bar and a hired “seafood sommelier” who will assist you in picking a fresh catch to fit your tastes.
This spot bounces around on lists of the best seafood restaurants in the US, and for good reason. Jumbo Crab Cakes, Crispy Skin Snapper, and Red Fish on the Half-Shell are all favorites, which along with their 400 label wine list makes this a definite winner.
These two Pauls (one of Osteria Mazzantini, one of Union Kitchen) are the kinda Pauls you want to know. Why? Because they teamed up to sling farm-fresh eats like braised goat empanadas, smoked Berkshire pork belly, and juicy fried chicken straight into your belly.